http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/AJ201707080034.htmlThe death toll from the relentless deluge of torrential rain in the northern Kyushu region rose to 16 in Fukuoka and Oita prefectures on July 8, while 15 people remain missing or out of contact.
The number of evacuees in the two prefectures stands at around 1,700.
As torrential downpours were expected to continue in some areas of northern Kyushu through July 9, the Japan Meteorological Agency urged residents to take precautions against landslides and flooding.
Apart from the 16 deaths, Saga prefectural police reported that three female bodies were found in the Ariake Sea, west of Fukuoka Prefecture, early July 8.
Rescuers raced against time Saturday in Kyushu to find those who disappeared in the aftermath of days of torrential rain that triggered deadly floods and mudslides across the island. Rescuers are reporting severe difficulty navigating the massive amount of debris. They are trying to find as many people as possible in the crucial 72-hour period for surviving the deluge, which began on Wednesday.
On Saturday, the death toll rose to 18, with about 30 people missing.
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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-07/j ... ng/8688086More than 12,000 personnel have been conscripted to help with the relief effort, digging through piles of splintered wood and mud in the wake of freak rains that forced nearly 80,000 from their homes.
This number was down from more than 400,000 at the peak of the rains, with tens of thousands more advised to leave their homes.
Our prayers go to the victims and the families. Please stay out of the affected areas and let the rescuers do their jobs. They are trained and equipped to handle the conditions and are doing their best.